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1 Billion Hours of YouTube Viewed Daily

1 Billion Hours of YouTube Viewed Daily
Viewers around the world are watching more than a billion hours of YouTube videos every day.

(CCM) — People around the world are now watching a billion hours of videos on YouTube every day, according to Cristos Goodrow, Google's vice president of engineering. Writing in the official YouTube blog, Goodrow said that Google has seen that number rise rapidly since it started measuring hours watched rather than the number of views a video got a few years ago. In 2015 YouTube announced that it had passed 500 million hours per day, and the previous year the figure was 300 million hours per day.

Cristos also tried to put the number of hours watched into perspective in the blog post. "If you were to sit and watch a billion hours of YouTube, it would take you over 100,000 years," he said. "100,000 years ago, our ancestors were crafting stone tools and migrating out of Africa while mammoths and mastodons roamed the Earth. If you spent 100,000 years traveling at the speed of light, you could travel from one end of the Milky Way to the other (and you wouldn’t age a day!)." YouTube was launched in 2005, and was acquired by Google the following year. The first ever YouTube video was titled "Me at the zoo," and featured co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo.

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